It is Labor Day weekend this weekend, the unofficial end to summer. While school is back in session already and remote learning in place, Golden Isles Moms thought we would share some “close”cation (some right down the road and some a short trip away) ideas to take a break and unwind from the craziness of the day-to-day!
Pretend You’re Resorting!
Park at Public Parking at The King and Prince and rent an umbrella at the beach! For lunch head up to Echo and overlook the waves. Afterwards head to the Cottage Custard & Coffee for a treat while you let the kids play!
Take a Day Trip to Savannah
Savannah is filled with the rich history that we know and love here on the Georgia coast. From children’s museums to horse drawn carriage tours and fine dining, at just around 90 minutes from the Golden Isles, Savannah is one day trip that can be made into a weekend!
Bring Out Their Inner Artist
Pack a picnic and head to Shark tooth Beach on Jekyll Island. Collect your favorite shells, and maybe even a jurassic souvenir! Take your treasures to St. Andrew’s Picnic area to have lunch and paint your findings! You can even glue the dry shells to a canvas to create a custom mosaic for your home!
Get in Touch with Nature
Head to St. Mary’s and hop the ferry to Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island. Spend the day disconnecting from the world and take one of the ranger-guided tours around the Island. Hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming, boating, fishing, and biking all make for the best ways to connect with nature. Feel like making it an overnight trip? Bring your camping gear or check out The Greyfield Inn.
The Jacksonville Zoo is a short drive away and is perfect for families with children of all ages! Buy tickets in advance to feed the string rays and giraffe’s or let tropical birds land on your shoulder. You can pack a lunch or dine at one of the zoo’s family friendly restaurants. End the day with a splash at the splash pad!
Get Your Groove On!
Enjoy live music, antique cars, food trucks, and more as the streets are closed in historic downtown Brunswick! Nestled near the marina, this up and coming area is undergoing a major revitalization. Let the kids run in Mary Ross Waterfront Park’s lawn and catch the ships and sailboats passing by. Then head over to Newcastle Street to shop and grab a bite to eat.
Want to Get A Bit Further Away?
Try one of these experience AirBNB treehouse cabins like this retreat in Old Town, Florida.
Looking for something quick for a few hours?
Stay local and enjoy Summer Waves and Neptune Pool and Splash pads last weekend of the season!
Become a Tourist!
Take a boat cruise or kayak tour. Wander around one of the many historical sites. Explore an area that you might not have been to yet. Hop on the trolley on St. Simons or bike tour Brunswick!